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Common Skin Cancers: Facts and Statistics

If you were recently diagnosed with one of several common forms of skin cancer, you may understandably be going through a range of emotions. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide, and it is very common to experience unease, anxiety, and other feelings following a diagnosis. But what may provide some peace of mind is the knowledge that most common forms of skin cancer are very treatable once detected. Additionally, knowing some common skin cancer facts and statistics may help to ease your mind as you navigate the treatment process. What’s more, knowing these facts for yourself and sharing them with others can increase the likelihood of preventing skin cancer in the future. 

Our goal is to educate people with skin cancer in order to ensure that they can make well-informed treatment decisions. We hope this overview of skin cancer facts proves useful as you explore your treatment options.

Common Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics

Common Skin Cancer Facts from the American Academy of Dermatology

  • Research estimates show that most common skin cancers, including basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer, affect more than 3 million Americans every year.
  • These common skin cancers can affect anyone, no matter their skin color.

Common Skin Cancer Facts from the Skin Cancer Foundation

  • When detected early on, the five-year skin cancer survival rate is 99 percent.
  • About 90 percent of common skin cancers are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • Basal cell skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer, with an estimated 4.3 million diagnoses each year.
  • Squamous cell skin cancer is the second most common type of skin cancer, with an estimated 1 million+ cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
  • Although skin cancer is not contagious, individuals who have had an organ transplant are approximately 100 times more likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer than the general population.

Daily use of a sunscreen with 15 SPF or higher reduces your risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer by about 40 percent.

What Affects the Skin Cancer Survival Rate?

The most important factor that affects the skin cancer survival rate is how early on the skin cancer is detected. However, there are a few additional factors to take into consideration, including:

  • The age of the person who has received the diagnosis
  • The person’s access to care and treatment
  • Whether the patient currently has any other chronic diseases
  • How well the person’s other chronic conditions are being managed

Call GentleCure to Learn About Treatment Options

Basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell skin cancer are two of the most common types of skin cancer, and both are treatable with Image-Guided SRT. When detected and treated early on, the skin cancer survival rate is very good—and Image-Guided SRT allows you to pursue treatment with no interruptions to your lifestyle.
If you are interested in learning more about Image-Guided SRT as a surgery-free treatment option, call 855-982-1373 to speak with a skin cancer information specialist. We can tell you how this radiotherapy treatment works, how to locate an Image-Guided SRT provider near you, and what to expect during appointments.